May 17, 2003
What yesterday's Casablanca attacks show is al-Qaeda isn't washed up and done for. Recently, President Bush said he thought about half the leadership has been captured or killed, but with it being such an amorphous, loose network, al-Qaeda can disperse and reform with deadly results. We can't ease our pursuit of them. To do so would be deadly.
Interestingly, even with these two attacks the homeland security alert hasn't been raised from yellow. While critics like Sen. Russ Feingold and Paul Krugman can claim President Bush is losing the war on terrorism, I see it as a sign that Bush's decisions have made the U.S. safer.
Maybe al-Qaeda thinks they had to do something spectacular to show the world that they were still in business after the U.S. clobbered the Taliban and Saddam's Baathist regime. Two well-planned and deadly attacks within a few days of each other prove the Islamist War is far from over.
"Dozens Killed in Morocco Suicide Blasts"
UPDATE: Steven Taylor comments on these latest attacks and notes, "the surprise should be that there have been so few major attacks world-wide since 911."